Geographical Index > United States > North Carolina > Avery County > Report # 29024|
Submitted by witness on Saturday, March 26, 2011.
Daylight sighting of a bipedal animal by a motorist near Linville
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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Avery County
NEAREST TOWN: LINVILLE
NEAREST ROAD: LINVILLE WILDERNESS RD
OBSERVED: I LIVE IN FOREST CITY N.C. I HAVE NOT TOLD MY ENCOUNTER WITH BIGFOOT TO ANYBODY OUTSIDE MY FAMILY AND FEW FRIENDS. I KNOW MOST PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE NOT OUT THERE. I THINK THEY MISTAKE THEM FOR BEARS,WELL I SEE BEARS ALL THE TIME WHERE I WORK IN LINVILLE AT A RESORT. IVE SEEN THEM FROM CUBS TO 600 POUNDS.IVE SEEN THEM WALKING SITTING AND STANDING UP. I KNOW WHAT I SAW ONE NOVEMBER DAY ABOUT 3:30PM ON A SUNNY DAY STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF LINVILLE RIVER ABOUT A MILE FROM THE LINVILLE WILDERNESS AND FALLS AREA WAS NOT A BEAR , THIS IS MY ENCOUNTER WITH BIGFOOT I WAS DRIVING MY TRUCK ON MY WAY HOME AND WAS CROSSING LINVILLE RIVER BRIDGE AS I DO MANY TIMES ON MY WAY FROM MY JOB I ALWAYS LOOK DOWN THE RIVER BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. THIS DAY WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER UNTILL I SAW A LARGE DARK CHESTNUT COLORED OBJECT STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER ABOUT 100 FEET FROM THE BRIDGE . I SLAMMED ON MY BRAKES TO SLOW DOWN BECAUSE IT STARTLED ME SO IT WAS STANDING SIDEWAYS FACING THE SAME WAY I WAS TRAVELING. WHEN IT HEARD MY BRAKES IT TURNED ITS HEAD AND LOOKED AT ME IT DID NOT HAVE POINTED EARS OR A SNOUT LIKE A BEAR. FROM MY ESTIMATION IT WAS OVER 7 FOOT TALL ITS HAIR WAS NOT LONG AND SHAGGY OR NASTY LOOKING , ITS FACE SEEMED NOT TO HAVE MUCH HAIR ON IT FROM MY POINT OF VIEW.IT HAD A PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF A LARGE MAN, ITS LEGS WERE VISABLE FROM THE WATER TO ITS HIPS, ITS ARMS WERE LONGER THAN A NORMAL MAN THEY SEEM TO BE DOWN TO ITS KNEES FROM THE SIDE I SAW IT FROM WHEN IT TURNED TO LOOK AT ME ITS HEAD SEEMED TO BE EGGED SHAPED AT THE TOP AND ITS CHEST FROM THE SIDE WHEN IT TURNED TOWARD ME IT WAS COVERED IN HAIR. ITS HEAD TURNED ALL THE WAY TOWARD ME BUT ITS UPPER BODY JUST TURNED A LITTLE. ALL THIS HAPPENED IN THE MATTER OF 5 TO 8 SECONDS, WHEN I CAME ALMOST TO A STOP IT WENT OUT OF VIEW BECAUSE OF THE BRIDGE INBANKMENT I WENT A FEW MORE YARDS AND TURNED AROUND CAME BACK AND STOPPED BUT IT WAS GONE. I KNOW WHAT I SAW AND IT WASNT A BEAR.
ALSO NOTICED: THE RIVER IS WIDE OPEN AND CLEAN NO OBJECTS IN RIVER
OTHER WITNESSES: 1
OTHER STORIES: A FRIEND OF MINE FRIEND SAW A OBJECT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THAT WAS DARK AND TOOK OFF RUNNING LIKE A MAN
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:30 WED AFTERNOON SUNNY AND CLEAR
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jay Combs:
I spoke to the witness several times by phone. He was knowledgable about the wilderness and animals in his area, due to his job and care of the outdoors. After our conversations I believe the witness to be truthful and can add the following details:
The witness stated that he was driving @ 40-50-mph when he approached the low water bridge and saw the creature standing on two legs in the water. He knew immediately that the creature he was observing wasn't a bear. The witness stated that he attempted to do a hard stop and the creature turned and looked straight at him, turning the head with a slight chest turn. The witness says that is when he got the best view of the creature. He emphasized that he couldn't notice any ears or snout (nothing protruding about the nose area). The witness also noticed a bulging stomach area but felt the creature was more male in appearance due to no noticeable breasts and because of the muscular build of the creature. He estimated the height of the creature to be @ 7 ft, due to a tree that grew out over the water where the creature was standing.
NOTE: After several people pointed out the witness had mistaken the county in which the siting took place. After further research and another phone call with the witness the county has been changed. Witness stated that he knew that it was where several counties ajoined. He then told me it was on Hwy 181 and this is in( Avery Co.) So I hope this clears up any misunderstanding
About BFRO Investigator Jay Combs:
Jay is an avid hunter and outdoorsman that has spent most of his life hunting and fishing in Eastern Kentucky and also the Daniel Boone National Forest. Attended the following BFRO expeditions:
- 2010 Illinois
- 2010 Tennessee
- 2011 Tennessee
- 2012 Eastern Ohio